Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by Stic-o, January 29, 2018.
Do it, it would be fine! Mine held up for 12 years of 37's.
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still rockin 37s...
Whatcha gonna do with those seat covers?
Those are actually the original seats. The driver is pretty far gone, and the rest are all broken down too. I love the look of them, but I was actually looking around today trying to figure out what I'm going to do in the seat department.
They just need some love. Everything in that car needs some love.
I had a few minutes and had some paint lying around...and I know this is way down the list, but you have to have a vision.
What does everyone think of the color? No, not the maroon fenders
I could get down with that blue.
Blue and white would look slick.
I'm a fan...I may be biased though...
I really like the blue haha!
Removed the Anchor...
Not feeling the blue... but still game to see where it's going...
I present to you The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Didn't take very long to make your house look like Zukman's
Technically every vehicle in my at house can move under it's own power, including the one I just brought over from Zukman's. I just have to swap out the 8 year old gas first. But it was firing over with starter fluid.
Once I make sure it's running fine with no codes, I'll begin the engine swap. That's means gutting the Navajo and replacing it with the 2000 stuff. It will only be a 91 by body and frame.
When this stage is complete and signed off by a referee, then we'll move to stage two: Axle Swap.
2000 has a bad fuel pump it looks like. Not getting fuel to the motor and I don't hear the fuel pump. So I'll get one ordered and it should start right up. I could swap the one out if JP for testing, but it's not worth the effort.
Well we have a transmission now
Just picked up 5R55E 4x4 trans out of a '08 ranger fx4 with only 45k. Guy threw in the auto 1354 and shaft in for a extra $50 so he didn't have to separate it.
Edit: I was able to verify the trans only has 45,423 miles on it before the truck was in a accident in 2014....and crazy enough, it's from Maine originally
Which one is the bad and which one is the ugly?
I noticed you didn't ask which was the good one
In other news we now have a fully running no check engine light, SOHC!
I was able to swap out the fuel pump and she pretty much started right up. She has not run in about 7 or 8 years. Once I got her to idel without dying she purrs like a kitten. No chain guide noise that I can hear.
Tommorow I'll double check everything get her up to operating temp and see how she does. Once that is complete we can start complete tare down if the Navajo. Very Exciting!
My wife came from a Jeep family and tells me she wants one so she can take the top off. I tell her every day I’ll just cut the top off of the Explorer. Seeing this makes me like the idea more and more.
So I started to do some more research and comparison of the two trucks as I started to pull apart the navajo, removing the hood and dash components. This project is snowballing quickly .
The easy way is to toss a ohv back in and be done..... what fun is that?....... but I digress.
Issue #1. Engine Cage
The Navajo has a beautiful cage the protects the heart of it, but also supports the coilovers. This may or may not be in the way of the SOHC and all of it's wide splendor. This may need to be cut out and reinstalled later, which brings us to issue #2.
Issue #2 Heater Box
The heater box on the Navajo(1st gen) is not designed for a wider motor like a 5.0 or even wider SOHC. There are two solutions: A. Modify the original with heat or cut and patch. B. Swap the 2nd Gen box in, as I have the complete donor....this leads back to issue #1 as there may not be room for this with the engine cage and also swapping out the interior heater stuff, which leads into issue #3.
Issue #3 Interior Roll Cage
The Roll Cage was built around and through the dash, and never was intended to removed again. I really don't want to cut and reweld the cage, with the way it's built in. (JP is way more friendly to doing this based on cage design) I pretty sure I could get the dash out with minimal damage, except the 4 top dash bolts are hidden behind the dash bar. The only two ways out, are cutting the cage (which I'm not crazy about) or removing the windshield. Maybe and a big Maybe, is they could be accessed with a flex wrench. Removing the windshield has other advantages for access too, and having it replaced is really not that expensive. I'm pretty sure this was done when the cage was originally built, as the glass is from Mexico where the cage was done.
So this is my snowball slipping through my hands at the top of the hill... so pull up a seat and enjoy the festivities
When I heard your engine plans for the car, I thought to myself that it might be easiest and worth it to cut out the engine cage and reinstall it, possibly modified, after the engine is in. I didn't think about the heater box. But you do have the donor car heater parts. Not sure what will be needed with that. And if the rear bars of the engine cage are in the way, cut em out. Weld in something that will fit. Your gonna get your master fabricator badge after all of this is done.
The windshield was removed when the cage was installed. You can even see they forgot to put the bottom weather stripping on.
And this is why I wanted a simple project.
If you want to keep the ohv in the car, maybe I can take the sohc donor off your hands and put that in the b2
Ha! I'll have your ohv, trans back to you soon. Just need to get a engine hoist.
Funny part is I picked up the new trans down the hill from you.
Take your time. The B2 will be keeping the 2.9 through the summer. because the ac works.